POLICE have arrested a Thai man in Chonburi province for helping parcel drugs in bags of snacks to South Korea and are now gathering evidence to arrest two South Korean men suspected to be behind this international drug trafficking attempt, Amarin TV said today (Dec. 16).
Mr. Wichai Chaimongkol, secretary-general of the Narcotics Control Board, said that his office received a tip-off on Dec. 10 that a suspicious parcel was being sent to South Korea.
His officials then liaised with Nonthaburi and Bang Krui station policemen and together they inspected the parcel discovering that within the snack bags were hidden 870 grammes of crystal methamphetamine (Ice), 1,980 ecstasy pills, 1,778 Ketamine pills and 2,080 grammes marijuana.
Investigation led to the arrest of the suspect in Chonburi who admitted to having hired a car to drop off the parcel at a delivery company and also mentioned that he was addicted to Ice.
Further investigation revealed that this suspect was employed by two South Korean men who had previously been arrested for illegally entering the country with fake passports and had only been released from prison last September.
Police are now gathering evidence to get arrest warrants issued for these two South Korean men and other accomplices.
Wichai said Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin had ordered all relevant agencies to focus on the smuggling of drugs by parcel post both domestically and internationally and destroy the transnational drug trafficking gangs using Thailand to deliver drugs to various destinations.
The unidentified drug suspect being arrested in Chonburi. Photo: Siam Rath
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